#MeToo Finally Catches up with Michael Jackson and Kelly

Why did it take a pair of TV documentaries for the world to finally believe the misdeeds of two music superstars? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware of Lifetime TV’s “Surviving R. Kelly” and HBO’s “Leaving Neverland.” In the case of the first, the documentary miniseries set into motion a series... Read more »

Don’t like the price Zillow puts on your home? Don’t bother suing—you’ll lose

It seems that people either love Zillow or hate it. Home buyers tend to be in the first group, and home sellers in the latter. While it can empower consumers with knowledge, it can frustrate homeowners when the “Zestimate” falls considerably below their asking price or what they believe their property is worth. Zestimates are... Read more »

Aurora, Smollet, R. Kelly—Please just make it stop

The suck just won’t stop. Is it me, or ever since the new year does it seem like the news coming out of Illinois has been unrelentingly shameful and awful? Given that Illinois is a train wreck of a state anyway, that’s saying a lot. No sooner had Jason van Dyke’s slap-on-the-wrist of a prison... Read more »
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Why aren’t progressives more outspoken against age discrimination?

I can be forgiven if I’m a little pissed off right now. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided a few days ago that it’s okay for employers to discriminate against me. As I explained in my June 9 blog post, a man named Dale Kleber sued CareFusion Corp. for discriminatory hiring practices in violation of... Read more »

The Covington "story" and the irresponsible news media

By now almost everyone knows about the viral video of the Catholic school teens having an alleged confrontation with native Americans at a tourist site in Washington, D.C., and how the truth turned out to be more complicated than it first appeared when it was initially reported. The video caused a social media uproar (what... Read more »

To understand why things go down in Chicago like they do, read "The Jungle" & "Boss"

The past several weeks have witnessed a powerful, longtime alderman arrested on federal corruption charges; the acquittal of four Chicago cops in a conspiracy trial; and most recently, the lenient sentence handed down by a judge to the officer who shot and killed Laquan Macdonald. It’s funny but even before Patti Blagojevich chimed in, I was... Read more »

When nursing home residents get frisky

There was an interesting recent case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving the sexual activities of elder nursing home residents. Illinois-based Neighbors Rehabilitation Center LLC, a recipient of Medicare funds, was fined a whopping $84,000 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for what CMS said was its failure to sufficiently investigate... Read more »

Note to employers: You do not embrace “diversity” if you don’t have age diversity

The other day I was browsing a corporate website for reasons unrelated to job-hunting, when I stumbled upon the “Careers” page of an international legal services company with offices in the United States. There is nothing especially unique about it; It could be one of a thousand similar employer websites, but it happened to be... Read more »

Why I don't miss working as 'holiday help'

By all reports, the roaring economy has made retail stores desperate for seasonal workers, or what used to be called “Christmas help.” This brings back memories of my own adventures working in retail during the holiday season. The first was in the 1980s, when I was an 18-year-old college freshman. I took a job at... Read more »

PSA disaster 40 years ago today triggered changes that make flying safer

This is one of the most difficult and painful posts I’ve written. Today is the 40th anniversary of an air disaster that changed U.S. commercial aviation forever. You’re probably not conscious of it if you don’t live on the West Coast, especially if you were not alive at the time. But it had a far-reaching... Read more »